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May 26, 2008 06:55 PM

Taco Plus - decent tacos on the westside

While stuck at work today (yes, memorial day) a coworker and I decided that carne asada was essential to the completion of the project we're working on. Tacos Por Favor was closed, and their asada isn't that great anyway - instead, we ended up at Taco Plus on Bundy. I was expecting the worst, but it turned out to be quite tasty - I had the asada and the chicken. What really made it worthwhile was the smoky, spicy red salsa - infinitely better than TPF's red, which is pretty good. Coworker had an asada torta that was absolutely gargantuan - piled high with meat and avocado, and he gave it a rave review.

Not sure if this place is unpopular on this board for some reason, or just unknown, but I figured it was worth a mention since I know many others, like myself, are always on the lookout for good tacos when on the westside. Taco Plus is probably not quite up there with, say, the taco trucks on Lincoln that I keep hearing about, but this is a good standby for those of us in the Yahoo Center environs who need a better option than La Salsa!

Taco Plus
1525 S Bundy Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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  1. used to drive buy this place all the time. I don't know why I've never checked it out. Will have to stop by. Do they have beer and or horchata/jamaica?

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    1. re: AAQjr

      Horchata and jamaica yes, but not sure about beer - no mention of it on the menu.

      1. re: AAQjr

        They have jamaica and horchata - I didn't go in person, so I can't say if it's the real deal or the soft-drink-machine type. No mention of beer on their menu.

        1. re: Vaya Con Carne

          I doubt they sell beer. It's not really a sit down place -- really only two small tables in the place, I think. Much more geared towards takeout.

          1. re: mollyomormon

            If anyone wants beer the 7-11 next door can certainly scratch that itch.

          2. re: Vaya Con Carne

            It's a soft drink machine -- the same kind that also has Orange Bang.

        2. there is a taco plus next door to sushi zo.
          it must be the same operation because they, too, serve excellent salsas and good food.

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          1. re: westsidegal

            It is run by the same group. Their tacos et al are OK -- I find them rather lackluster.

            For my money in the area, I greatly prefer Tacos Don Jorge at the NE corner of Venice and Cattaraugus. Used to be Rudy's taco truck which was heralded by Bandini as one of the best taco trucks on the westside. They serve tacos, burritos, quesadillas, sopes with all the expected meats - - pollo, carne asada, al pastor, brains and tongue. 3 tiny tables, no salsa bar, but the place is cleaner than clean and the staff is very friendly.

            1. re: NAspy

              I second this. I had a few al pastor tacos from Tacos Don Jorge on Friday and was very pleased. Great flavour. $1.25/taco including tax.
              Materially better than El Super Taco.

              1. re: Wolfgang

                Al pastor is my favorite taco, and it is my least favorite at Taqueria Sanchez (love the shrimp and the carnitas) and inconsistent at Tacos Por Favor. So I will give Don Jorge another try. My first time there, shortly after it opened and was mentioned on this board, was disappointing. They were just setting up a few minutes before noon, even though I was the only customer there the parking was a concern, with the only spaces out front marked yellow or something, and the al pastor was not from a rotisserie like my very favorite, Carnitas Michaocan on No. Broadway, though I'll admit that theirs is unique. Most of all, I love salsas, especially comparing the hot and spicy to the pico de gallo or medium ones, and would it kill Don Jorge to put out a simple bowl or squeeze bottle of salsa roja?

                1. re: nosh

                  I'm interested in your thoughts on the don Jorge al pastor tacos. It's not the traditional slightly crispy spit al pastor (I haven't found a spit west of La Brea; if you know of one, please disclose) that I prefer, but I find it very enjoyable as a pork in red sauce taco.

                  TDJ has plastic ramekins of green and red salsa behind the counter. I liked the verde better than the rojo, but I have different salsa tastes than many, as I don't particularly like the TPF rojo. I find it too sweet.

              2. re: NAspy

                No salsa bar would definitely be a deal breaker for me!

                1. re: Vaya Con Carne

                  I love a good salsa bar but if you've got a perfect roja and verde then I suppose that's all I really need.

                  La Estrella on York in Highland Park comes to mind.

                  1. re: Frommtron

                    Exactly - I can never make up my mind if I want verde or roja. As long as "both" is an option, I'm happy.

                    I never did check out La Estrella when I lived in HP - most of my taco consumption took place at My Taco, which I miss so much now that I'm on the westside.

                    1. re: Vaya Con Carne

                      I haven't tried My Taco. I'll give it a go next time I'm out that way. Thanks!

            2. Taco Plus is next to a 7-11 and a little pizza place on the S/W corner of Santa Monica Blvd. at Bundy. Prices are high for a taco joint, with tacos well over $2 and burritos either $6 or even close to $7, if I recall correctly. They better be good -- and big -- for those prices, especially with El Super Taco across the street and a couple blocks down. I am a lover of a good, spicy salsa, however, so that might get me to give them a try.

              I gotta admit that my appreciation for Tacos Por Favor is fading. When I started frequenting them a couple of years ago their fairly large tacos were what, about $1.50? They have risen from that to $1.65 to $1.85 and now are also above $2. And while I haven't been charged (perhaps because I am somewhat a regular) did I see a sign that they want to charge for a cup of ice when you buy a canned soda? I already have to bypass them during prime lunch hours because of limited parking, and their popularity may be catching up to them -- as well as the loss of the nearby competitors who lost their storefronts.

              Makes me appreciate Taqueria Sanchez all the more.

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              1. re: nosh

                I just kind of figured that $2+ for a taco was the norm on the westside. They are big, though, not like the little taco truck size.

                I'll have to check out El Super Taco and Taqueria Sanchez soon.

                1. re: Vaya Con Carne

                  I'd say they're better than El Super Taco and about on par with Sanchez.

                2. re: nosh

                  Nosh, just to clarify, have you actually tried the tacos at Taco Plus, or are you judging them solely based on price?

                  1. re: a_and_w

                    Last month I stopped into Taco Plus, due to some positive feedback on this board. Parking was tight, the place was fairly full -- all a good sign. But I wasn't impressed by what I saw on the grill or on patrons' plates, so I left without tasting.

                    At Taqueria Sanchez, their specialty shrimp tacos are about $1.75. Nice size, not too small not huge, more important always succulent and never rubbery. Their other tacos -- I get the carnitas and al pastor, but they offer carne asada and others -- are $1.35 the last time I ate there. Good salsa bar, with a selection of dark or red or green, but admittedly they could be better. They need to add a habanero or something with a real zing. But they do give carrots and chiles, radishes and limes.

                3. Or try heading up the street to Pili's Tacos - I dig that place. Between Barrington & Bundy on SM.

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                  1. re: BIM

                    I prefer both Taco Plus and El Super Taco to Pili's, though I've only tried the latter once.

                    1. re: a_and_w

                      I'm a VERY big fan of Taco Plus and even my persnickety office mates who have problems with seemingly everything have become devotees. Big portions, immaculately clean, wonderful woman running the operation, always gets our order right, and consistent quality food. Not Frida's Restaurant, but tasty, inexpensive Mexican food - no beer, just soft drinks - and great for take out, especially if you call ahead.

                  2. Don't mean to threadjack, but has anyone tried the new El Super Taco @ Sawtelle/Olympic? I had been to the one on Santa Monica (next to Monte Alban) a few times and stopped going because of lack of consistency in food quality.. (and they weren't too special to begin with - but pretty good for the westside) wondering if this newer location has it any better.

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                    1. re: krntourist

                      Where is this new El Super Taco? What is good there?

                      1. re: igj

                        To answer my own question: just drove by it. It is on the corner of Sawtelle and Pico, in the old Farias space (11300 W. Pico).